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earthquake that devastated the bay area. japan is still feeling the aftershocks tonight and all this means something to each and every one of you watching because we all live in earthquake country. the devastation in japan lets know how vulnerable we >> reporter: for many of us, take a look at this videotape where you can see the four faults that seismologists know of here in the bay area. they are the san andreas, hayward, rogers creek fault. they're located in urban areas. experts believe the rogers creek fault located in the santa rose area will be the next one to cause a major earthquake because a lot of tension is built up underground. there's a major difference between the japan earthquake and the loma prieta, the one we experienced back in 1989. >> in the loma prieta, we were very close santa cruz, san jose and we then saw lots of shaking in the san francisco peninsula. the devastation in san francisco was very localized due to particular types of ground motion that caused strong shaking. >> reporter: the map you see here shows where the quake struck in japan and how far it struck b
of american expertise with regard to nuclear energy that's being called upon to help in japan. tonight we've learned of another american resource that's being looked into, the super soaker, the converted 747 used to drop huge amounts of water on wildfires. we talked with the company that runs it tonight and they say they're in talks with what role they could play. they likely wouldn't be used to put out fires at the plants, but might play a role in dealing with the radiation. they promise more information tomorrow. >> thank you, gavin. let's check in now with jeff ranieri checking the weather patterns and what that impact may be with us, especially now that we're talking so much about radiation concerns. >> as that radiation continues to get emitted into the atmosphere, we see weather systems over japan keeping this suppressed to the surface, as we head toward the next 48 hours, we're going to see a shift in the atmosphere that's going to allow some of the radiation to go into the higher levels, something to keep in mind here in california, that radiation will weaken quite a bit over a 59
of drinking water. on the economic front, japan's stock market plunged again today. >> reporter: it's considered the worst disaster in japan since world war ii and will also be the most documented. this home video continues to come into the newsroom on a daily basis. this is one of the hardest-hit areas. this fishing port was virtually wiped off the map. the pictures are so alarming. reports that as many as 10,000 people are missing from this town alone. >> we have live team coverage. george is live in tokyo. we'll go to him in a moment. obviously they are following developments there closely and there is much anxiousness. >> we've been talking the last few days about three japan towns. here in san francisco and san jose. live in san jose, there are different generations with how they are coping now with the disaster. chris? >> reporter: well, this is a very interesting place here. san jose's japan town. we have seen generations of people, people who were born in japan and have been here for many, many years. also, children who are four or five generations removed but all trying to
>>> six nuclear reactors at two power plants in japan are at risk of meltdown after the cooling systems fail. add to that, one of the buildings housing the reactors exploded earlier today. emergency crews ordered more than 170,000 people to evacuate the areas around those two power plants. as for the earthquake and tsunami, officials have confirmed the deaths of nearly 800 people. but tens of thousands of people are still missing tonight. there are stories coming out as well of people who evacuated to schools, to shelters, only to have the shelter destroyed by the tsunami. one described how the road moved up and down like a wave during the earthquake, then things caught on fire while it was snowing and then the tsunami hit. there's now 100,000 troops on the ground along the northeastern coast. good evening. i'm diane dwyer. we have team coverage of the ongoing aftermath. elyce kirchner is covering the threat of the meltdown. kimberly tere is in santa cruz. but first, nbc's lee cowan has the latest from japan. >> reporter: good morning from tokyo. it is sunday morning here, where
>>> right notice at 5:00, the exact number of dead in japan is still unknown, but the expected death toll rose sharply today. that as power plant crews continue to check people for radiation poisoning, and hundreds of thousands of people are spending a second night in evacuation shelters. we'll have the very latest from japan straight ahead, including an update from our very own george who was there tonight. >>> friends and family of a san jose english teacher missing in japan are struggling to try to re-establish contact with her. we'll have a live report on that coming up. >>> and bar crews are gearing up for a very long night of emergency work after a tank car train came off the tracks. we'll have the very latest and what it might mean for your morning commute. the news at 5:00 starts right now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. tonight we have an extended hour-long 5:00 newscast and we begin with the very latest developments in japan where it is 9:00 a.m. on monday. japan officials today acknowledged it is likely up to 10,000 people died in the earthquake and tsunami. that
>>> the experts are down playing concerns about radiation reaching california as japan suspends helicopter air drops at the crippled nuclear plant. good evening everyone i'm frank somerville. >> and i'm julie haener. low levels of radiation from japan are riding the winds over the pacific tonight. sounds ominous but is it? debra villalon joins us tonight where the department of health is monitoring the air for radiation levels in the area. >> reporter: the department is monitoring changes in the atmosphere. if the radiation does arrive, scientists here will be among the first to know. it's expected to hit our coast as early as tomorrow. so diluted. radiation will be more minuscule than measurable. >> we understand everybody's concern, radiation is scary stuff. >> reporter: officials cannot say it enough, they see no health hazards. >> i'm not sure that the vision or the model of a plume this far away is -- >> no one can predict what is going to happen at the plant tomorrow. >> reporter: that uncertainty is why so much technology at so many locations is aimed at sniffing out radi
this morning on the earthquake and the tsunami in japan as well as the new tense development at one of its nuclear power stations. but before we get to that, we want to check in with rosemary because rain is on the way. hi, rosemary. >> good morning to you! today mainly dry. maybe a spritz, that's about it. by sunday we're definitely going to see the rain. tsunami advisories still in place for our local coasts. we'll update you on that in just a few moments. for today we'll be turning cloudy, by tomorrow the rain will return. and into next week looks a bit unsettled with a few storms expected to follow. this morning we are partly cloudy and cool. we'll look at your current temperatures coming up. >>> we start this morning with the very latest on the developing situation in japan following a deadly earthquake and tsunami. the 8.9 magnitude quake hit thursday night, resulting in a 23-foot tsunami that pulverized the northeastern apartment of the coast. today there was an explosion at a nuclear power station and right now a massive military response is underway to help many of those affected
by spiking radiation levels. japan doubled the number of workers heading into the plant to assess the situation. all this time, the japanese had been telling people to stay 12 miles away, but that may not be far enough. >> american citizens in japan evacuate, those american citizens within a 50-mile radius of the reactors evacuate from that area. this is the same advice that the nrc would give if this incident were taking place in thenit uni states. >> how u.s. military pilots are not being allowed within that radius of the plant except for the ones who are going to assist in some relief missions. they are getting those iodine tablets. as the white house delivers the urgent message to get away, france and australia are telling their folks to get out of japan all together. steven chu told congress he can't say whether japan is responding appropriately because even he is hearing conflicting reports. the head of the nuclear regul regulatory commission -- nbc bay area news. >> thank you very much. >>> a bay area woman knows firsthand what it's like to survive a nuclear disaster. jodi
>>> in japan concerns over radiation are growing this morning after officials says there's a high likelihood that nuclear rods are melting down inside all three of the most troubling nuclear reactors. residents are being tested for radiation exposure. >> video is showing house forceful the tsunami was. black water sweeping away cars and homes as if they were toys. enough speed to knock homes on their foundation. >> the number of confirmed dead is 2800 but they believe at least 10,000 people have parished with so many still missing. >> the latest from japan including the fears at a nuclear plant has lost power. >> while the second explosion added to the tension in japan, many survivors have only just begun to mourn the loss of their loved ones, their homes and some their retired communities. devastation as far as the eyes can see. i was here, she said. it just came and washed everything away. this woman clung to a tree and grabbed a floating floor mat. the churning water washed her away. her daughter was with her but cannot be found. there are dead fish in the bathroom but it's dry
>>> more devastation in japan this morning, as the death toll from that massive quake and tsunami rises. >> also, tens of thousands of people are forced out of their homes amid fears of a nuclear meltdown. >>> fundraising efforts are underway to help the people hurt by that devastating earthquake in japan. >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to mornings on 2. it is sunday, march 13. >> we do have ktvu's crews here, and in tokyo. we're going to hear from them in a moment. >> first, let's check in with rosemary. >> sunrising at 7:24. still dark out there. in addition to clouds outside our door. that ahead of a storm. the sunrising at 7:24. the best news about that, the sun setting at 7:15. with cloudy conditions out there, we are warmer than we started yesterday. we're tracking the storm, and we'll talk about the wet active pattern, expected as we move through next week as well. all of that coming up in just a few moments. >>> this morning, there are near fears the death toll from the disaster could go over 10,000. this is new video that shows the severity of the disasters in th
're not sure exactly what's happening right now at a crippled nuclear plant in japan but it looks like things are getting a lot worse. >> reporter: cal state orders all of the students study in japan to come home. how the uc policy differs drastically. that and more. "mornings on 2" starts right now. >>> good morning. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. >>> there's some rain showers coming down. let's get right to steve. >>> well, it's ended now. it's more drizzly, light rain. there's not a lot going on. the computer shows the system moving through. there will be drier air coming in behind that. we're not done yet. there is a little bit of rain towards the east bay but everything seems to be falling apart. towards the south bay there's been light showers, back to the mountains. peninsula, things are on dry side. as we go out wide, you can see there's nothing out in the north bay. >> the roads are wet. so sal has an update on that. >>> this is on the border of orinda and la fayette. this has traffic backed up all the way out to walnut creek. that's a good long way. it's backed up past the ha
from japan is diluted into the atmosphere. that no one more than a few miles of the plant is at risk. this afternoon, federal officials said labs advisory center is at this hour actively tracking the plume. they declined to provide details or let me inside today. these pictures are from my most recent visit. the fire, however, is worry. lifting potentially radioactive particles into stronger winds. still, even the much more serious explosive meltdown sickened no one more than 30 miles away. >> it's not the radiation risk, it's an issue. it's really the technology is probably at risk. because of the perception. >> reporter: the perception of risk. i want to show you this website. this is a real time live radiation network recording of radiation levels across the country. you can see the numbers here in the san francisco about 32. the numbers up and down the coast all very low. only until about 130 counts per minute is there any concern. in 53 years, there has never been a single death in the united states from nuclear power accidents. now you should combine that with the fact that 3
. >> the u.s. department of energy specialisterize now in japan. and berkeley-nuclear engineer are installing a radiation detector on campus although they insist there is no radiation problem here. john fowler, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> the earthquake damaged the nuclear reactors in japan is raising eyes about california's nuclear reactors. ktvu's mike mibach is in san francisco with what he learned. >> reporter: right here outside of pg&e headquarters, one of the power plants. tonight in this earthquake prone state they are calling for more studdies. >> reporter: california's nuclear power plant, today images from the filt near sacramento closed in 1989. officials say nuclear fuel remains on site. >> a small amount measurables. >> reporter: the nuclear power plant creates 15% of the state's electricity. it's designed to with stand a 5.5 magnitude quake. >> the structure where we pull in ocean cooling water for the cooling source is designed to with stand a tsunami up to 45 feet. >>> fault was detected a half mile away from the plant. >> we along with the usgs discovered the shoreline fault. >
bringing to six the total number of reactors that have failed in japan. here's what we know at this hour. those six reactors are at risk of spreading radiation about 170 miles northeast of tokyo. one building exploded early this morning, housing one of those reactors, but remarkably we're told the reactor containment vessel is still intact and crews are pumping sea water into that vessel to try to cool it right now. so far there are no further reports of radiation escaping from that site. japanese officials confirmed the deaths of almost 700 people, but tens of thousands of people are still missing tonight. more than 215,000 people are living in temporary shelters in five areas. and millions are without water and power at this hour. here in california, we, too, have nuclear power plants and earthquakes. could it happen here. there are 104 power plants in the u.s. including two on the west coast. the closest reactor to the bay area is the diablo canyon nuclear power plant located near san luis obispo. it's said it's unlikely what happened in japan would happen here. >> as you
>> top story japan. the latest set of libya they have closed airspace to all traffic. >> live from the bay area news station this is the kron 4 morning news. >> i'm just teen it is finally friday march 18th, a big storm system that are we right now let's get the very latest. >> james: we have traffic moving well, it is getting what on the roadways. our assignment manager is saying it wasn't wet when he woke up but now is getting wet. lets take a quick look at the storm trucker for. a lot of rain to our north. the lower sections of it starting to bring in the rain. heavy stuff north of san rosa coming our way, we have a decent selling for san francisco right now. i took the measurement of the rainfall rates, we are in the half inch per hour range. it is tracking in general from the north to the south although there is the west-east slant to it. keep track of that and we will let you know how and tetzel's ranch chores are. the peninsula also seen light grain right now. we are seeing a flood watch now in affect for solano county. this flood watch is in effect until sunday night, frida
>> also this morning, an explosion releasing dangerous levels of radiation in japan. >> new report being released accuses top officials of the huge public employee pension fund of corruption. they illegally spent $180 million of the pension's money. a little rain and more on the way. we'll tell you about that coming up. >> let's talk about that. i'm kristen sze. hello. it could be a little damp coming and going today. >> yeah, both ways. >> absolutely. we've got moist flow right now. mild temperatures when you step outside. that is leading to showers, live doppler, best around marin county. everybody covered in at least radar returns this morning. so the north bay getting the lighter rain. we're talking about couple hundredths of an inch but enough to make everything wet. we do have radar returns around san ramon, danville, heading to palo alto over towards milpitas. big picture will show all this is coming ashore and more up to the north with a cold front that will be pushed our way. this is just the beginning. here is frances. >> we are starting off with a live shot in the north
>>> right now at 11:00, disaster in japan, and the ground is still shaking. >> this one i would have to say right now is one of the stronger ones. >> nbc bay area's george kiriyama is in japan as the damage becomes more evidence. the tragedy in japan knows no border. a bay area family is waiting for word on a loved one caught in the disaster zone. the news starts right now. good evening. i'm diane dwyer. it is now monday afternoon in japan. and the country faces another nuclear threat. just hours ago, a second explosion at a reactor rocked northeastern japan. here are some of the latest video we're getting into the newsroom from the fukushima plant. so far six people have been hurt, but it's not known how much if any radiation has been released. and the number of deaths continues to rise as well. right now at least 10,000 people have died. but that will no doubt grow in the days to come. our own nbcay b area's george kiriyama is about an hour north of tokyo near the airport. he begins our coverage tonight. hello, george. >> reporter: hello, diane. good afternoon from narita just
. >>> time now 6:01. how the bart crews work nonstop after a train derailed in concord. >>> japan's earthquake becomes even more terrifying with reports of a new explosion at a power plant. >>> things are getting back to normal for bart riders in the east bay. we'll have the latest from the station where a train derailed yesterday. >>> in santa cruz the tremendous task of pulling up more than a dozen folks from under water. >>> the situation in japan continues to grow tire with word of a possible third explosion at a nuclear power plant. it's all ahead on the ktvu morning news. >>> well good morning, to you welcome to monday march 14th i'm dave clark. >> and i'm claudine wong. let's start off with a quick look at your weather and traffic. >> good morning. we do have cloudage skies -- cloudy skies and rain. parts of the south bay and peninsula. highs will be in the mid to upper 60s. watch some of this rain starting to increase. if you are stepping out see that line forming from clayton to dan vail. here is an update on your traffic from sal. >>> the toll plaza we are getting a litt
here in menlo park and in japan have updated the magnitude of the earthquake from 8.9 to 9.0. the change means the quake was 1.5 times stronger than they initially thought. the official death toll approximately 2,000 people now. >> however, the projected death toll is well over 10,000. thousands of people still remain missing while survivors are coping with emergency shelters. rescue crews are battling long distances and has destruction as they try to reach these survivors. more than 1 million people are still without water and power. nbc bay area's george kiriyama is in japan tonight, reporting live from tokyo. we will check in with him at approximately 6:15. well, the nuclear crisis in japan continues the deepen at this hour. reports of a third explosion. it happened within the last 90 minutes of the crippled fukushima daiichi power plant. the associated press reports the latest explosion was a reactor where the water levels left fuel rods exposed. they're trying to keep temperatures under control. earlier today, these pictures were taken of a hydrogen explosion in anothe
>>> your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. >>> with things getting worse at japan's stricken nuclear power plant, the u.s. is arranging charter flights for americans who want to leave japan. i'm charlie d'agata in yoshita, japan, with the story coming up. >> the desperate search for loved ones during japan's worst crisis since world war ii. good morning, it is thursday, march 17, 2011, st. patrick's day. i'm sydnie kohara. >> hi, everybody. i'm frank mallicoat. it's 4:30. a good day to be hoop fans. we have a lot of basketball here on cbs. >> weather-wise, we have a lot of rain don't we, lawrence. >> all this rain is going to make everything nice and green around the bay area. yeah, happy st. patrick's day, folks. if you are heading out, things are going to be mostly dry today. but we do have a chance of a few showers north of the golden gate bridge. behind that, though, we have a significant storm system. that one is on the way. looks like friday could be a very wet and wild day around the bay area. we'll have more on that coming up. right now, let's get a check o
. officials in japan hope the helicopter bucket brigade can keep the reactors from overheating while the plant operators scramble to install a power line and use electricity to restore the reactor's cooling systems. >>> now, less than an hour ago, word came that the united states will start evacuating americans from japan, including private citizens and the families of u.s. personnel. president obama informed japan's prime minister of the plans tonight. the obama administration is chartering aircraft to accommodate americans who want to leave. also today the chairman of the u.s. regulatory commission says radiation near the fukushima plant is extremely high and damage at one reactor and worse than the japanese officials have acknowledged. >> and janna katsuyama just returned hours ago from tokyo. she is here now live. but how are the people feeling there now? >> well, it is a difficult situation there. walking through tokyo, the trains and the stations and the airport, there wasn't really any signs of panic or chaos. but we did find many foreigners quietly leaving. driving from tokyo to hanita
in concord allie rasmus. >>> time now 5:02. turning to japan where there is growing concern of report there is may have been a third explosion at a nuclear power plant. japanese government says a nuclear reactor lost its cooling capacity and in just the last half hour officials say nuclear fuel rods in the plant for fully exposed. two explosions have already been reported in two other nuclear reactors in the plant. the u.s. navy has started moving ships and aircraft away from the coast of japan. the estimated death toll has topped 10,000 from the earthquake and tsunami in japan. that is after 1,000 more bodies washed ashore an long japan's northeast coastline. large areas are still surrounded by water. they are unreachable. survivors in the hardest hit area have been without running water or electricity since that 8.9 quake hit on friday. ktvu jana katsuyama is in tokyo for us this morning. think will bring us a live update that is coming up in the next hour. >>> safety concerns will keep the traffic away from boat harbors. docks are unstable in some parts. there is also concerns they
have been stopped due to the earthquake. >> it's been problematic. >> reporter: a main concern in japan is power. with the destruction to the power lines, the companies are concerned about blackouts. so they decided to do rolling black outs through the rest of the month on a daily basis. what they have told us, there are 23 wards that will not be effected. we understand from our taxi driver, that some of the major companies have shut down for the day, even though it's monday. >> reporter: put on the television news reports where there have been breaking news from the power companies. but i wanted to show you one thing, since we arrived here, we have experienced some 2, 3 aftershocks and it's rocked the hotel room. i was in the middle of an interview and it was rocking the building. i wanted to show you the cell phone that i got has an earthquake setting and when i set that, as soon as i got here it started ringing like crazy. just seconds before the aftershock. it's really been an uneasy situation here for people in tokyo because here we are days after and you are still feeling the shak
in japan where it morning now and smoke is still billowing from a damaged nuclear power plant. workers have been trying everything to cool reactors there. but at this point, they're not even sure if their methods are working. the plan now to use fire trucks to spray even more water on that plant. president obama is assuring americans, meanwhile, that harmful doses of radiation will not make it to the united states. here in the bay area, air quality leaders are monitoring radiation levels, and so far everything is normal. but some people aren't taking chances. many getting out. nbc bay area's george kiriyama who is first bay area reporter on the scene there in japan when the disaster unfolded, well, tonight he's back and he's sharing his experience with us coming up in just moments. >> now george left japan because of concerns over radiation but it seems those concerns have followed him stateside. many people in the bay area are wondering, just what risk do we face? >> well, tracking that impact of the radiation from japan. one dispersion model. that's actually the name. shows slightly eleva
of japan. >>reporter: according to japan's chief secretary, at current radiation levels detected in not pose an immediate health risk to citizens. evacuation orders are in effect and fear is widespread. >> this accident is not a problem restrictiorestricted tor area i asked people japan to recognize this as a national problem. >>reporter: they're still trying to grasp the magnitude of last friday's historic disaster. if the rescue and recovery continues as the number of dead and missing nears 15,000. rescue crews are still hopeful of finding survivors. there's still plenty of opportunity for us to find it lives. >>reporter: that effort is being hampered by freezing temperatures and snow. as a precaution the u.s. embassy in tokyo is recommending that americans who live within 50 mi. of the nuclear plant evacuate. in washington, samantha hayes. >>pam: dr. alan hanson, with the institute for international studies in stamford joins us tonight to answer some of the questions and concerns people have. thank you for joining us. if it is true, the u.s. government hasn't been confirmed by
>>> fears of another disaster in japan as the struggle continues to control damaged nuclear power plants. >>> authorities catch a suspect using a seldom-used kind of d ney comparison. we'll have details coming up. >>> five people wound in an overnight incident in san francisco. why it could be gang-related. the noon news begins now. >> good afternoon. >>> topping our news in japan, the threat of nuclear contamination from a damaged power plant is growing more critical and is causing complications for people struck in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami. david piper begins our coverage. >> reporter: survivors of the deadly earthquake and tsunami have something else to worry about, fears of failing nuclear reaction yarr for the in japan. men, women, and others around the area undergoing contamination checks. >> that's how it is, i think. if they test me, i will be relieved. >> reporter: officials ordered 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors because of soaring radiation levels after an explosion and fire at the fukushima plant on tuesday. the government said
>>pam: as japan's nuclear nightmare deepens, the emperor goes on pension to stay calm. tokyo's streets are deserted as elevated radiation levels have spread beyond the evacuation zone. >> radiation levels are extremely high. >>pam: with four reactors in danger of meltdown the u.s. embassy is warning americans to stay at least 50 mi. away. >>live, from the bay area's news station, this is kron4 news at 4:00. >>pam: japanese officials say the best way of ending the threat of nuclear disaster is a new power line that could restore electrical power to the cooling pumps at the reactors. the u.s. regulatory commission said today all the water is gone from one of the polls. as kron 4 shows us, there is now nothing to stop the fuel rods from ultimately melting down. >>reporter: a new satellite pictures shows for the first time the extensive damage to the reactors. no. 1 lost its roof in an explosion, number two is in tact in releasing steam. no. 3 shows the most damage but the greatest danger is reactor for. it that is where all the water is train from the polls. u.s. officials say t
>>> the death toll rises in japan amid the quake and tsunami devastation. today, worries are growing about the crisis at nuclear plants. >>> in just minutes, local leaders will be meeting to discuss the disaster situation in japan. we'll show you how you can help. >>> as the damage cleanup resumes today in santa cruz, we now have this video of the moment the surge of waves hit the harbor. that story and more on ktvu channel 2 news at noon. >>> good afternoon. topping our news, the u.s. is stepping up relief efforts to help japan recover from last week's massive earthquake and tsunami. the death toll also continues to rise and concern is growing over the threat of a possible nuclear plant meltdown. craig boswell begins our coverage with this report. >> reporter: just days after the devastating and deadly earthquake and tsunami in japan, help is arriving. two u.s. search and rescue teams are on the ground to assist operations from dozens of other countries. 75-member u.s. teams include at least 12 rescue dogs from los angeles. >> the united states will continue to offer any
>>> also, new nuclear concerns in japan that there is a direct connection to the u.s. navy. >>> it's been an anxious morning for some b.a.r.t. comcommuters -- commuters. >>> right now, hundreds of bay area community college students and their supporters are heading north to the state's capitol. "mornings on 2" starts now. >>> well, good morning to you. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. it's monday, march 14th. >>> just hours ago, b.a.r.t. took -- took care of one problem. >> sal has more on the coverage. >> what happened? >> the system is running well. allie rasmus has more. >> reporter: well, right now, there are delays of trains coming in san francisco. at the concord station. that brought the strain line and traffic to a complete standstill. news chopper 2 was overhead when it happened. b.a.r.t. officials still don't know why that derailment happened. crews worked overnight to remove the derailed tank -- train. at 4:00 a.m. this morning, the work was complete and selves was restored. back out here live, there were delays. when we talked to commuters this morning, they are re
of radiation in that area. same on perez tonight looks at whether it is possible the radiation from japan to make its way here to the bay area. simon? record record allen, experts say that is quite unlikely that it will get here to ocean beach and the rest of california. even if it did, experts say there is a system in place to detect it. >> the only thing i would be surprised is if we actually detected anything. i mean, i really don't think that's going to happen. >> reporter: katherine is a nuclear expert at oregon state university. she says the small amount of radioactive material released into the air in japan will drop into the pacific ocean before it reaches the coast. >> when you dissolve salt into water, what happens? while dilution is not the solution to pollution in this case, it is going to make it so you really can't measure it. are. >> reporter: for more than 25 years the california department of health has operated a system of sensors to detect radioactive material in the state's air, water and food. the sensors are placed along the coast from border to border. the state won
>> darya: 70 a.m. top story the latest out of japan as the death toll climbs after the earthquake and tsunami that hit friday. >> mark: worries grow over possible melt down of japan's power plant. >> darya: the first full day of trading after the quake. japan's money takes a dive. >> mark: we are live in santa cruz, the latest in the cleanup after is in the harbor. kron 4 news at 7:00 a.m. start to melt. cal. >> darya: thanks for waking up march 11th, 2011. sorry it's march 14th. >> mark: across the pacific and the latest out of japan following the earthquake and tsunami. officials say 1000 bodies have washed up along the coast line as you see this anomaly that head. the death toll 2800, officials say it will likely to rise above the 10,000. millions of survivors are facing a third night without food, water, heating. a power plant to 150 mi. north of tokyo. fuel rods were temporarily exposed. in net unprecedented move they are channeling seawater into the reactor 11 workers were injured in the latest explosion >> darya: you have seen the water, we have video coming out of one of t
. the nuclear crisis in japan has just gotten worse. in the past few hours a second explosion has occurred inside one of the plants crippled by the tsunami and earthquake. six people were injured. the containment vessel is reportedly in tact. not known if any additional radiation has been released. some reports feeling the explosion some 25 miles away. linda yee has the latest on the nuclear crisis. >> reporter: another hydrogen explosion rocked the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant following yesterday's hydrogen plant blast in unit 1. it is broken into two sections. four faulty reactors at one and three faulty reactors out of six at the other. one exploded. experts feared pressure building up and now unit 3 has blown. more than 180,000 people have been evacuated from the area. up to 150 may have been exposed to radiation. officials are trying to reassure people saying the radiation is not life threatening. >> we were flightenned but the radiation turned out to be nothing to worry about. >> reporter: not everyone believes this and there are three-hour waits to check in for a flight to
. >> alan: now on to japan where the nation is facing humanitarian and nuclear emergencies. the estimated death toll climbed to 10,000. more video was made available today on the tsunami. >> alan: the newsroom with more. >> reporter: japan's prime minister said this is their worst crisis since world war ii. they have dedoubled the numbers of soldiers deployed to help out to 8,000. >> i don't know what's what's -- what's going on. >> crews are dumping seawater into two reactors in a last-ditch effort to avoid a meltdown. officials warped of -- warned of a second exploasmghts health department is having screenings. 22 people tested positive for radiation exposure. those exposed are asked to shower and place the clothes and shoes in plastic bag. the authorities say the exposure levels pose no long-term risk to health. one survivor said he was in water. >> i felt i was dying. i was pushed into the water. but my thoughts of my family, i decided to make every effort to survive. >> reporter: nearly all the houses and buildings in the area were swept away by the waves. in this town, local officia
, the death toll continues to rise in japan. right now it stands at nearly 3800. officials say it could top 10,000. people have been evacuated and those within 20 miles are being told to remain indoors. >>> ktvu's jana is in tokyo where it is now 10:00 a.m. on wednesday morning. she joins us live now via skype with the latest on what's happening. >> reporter: julie and frank, woke up this morning, it's about 10:00 a.m. and the big headline is the radiation. a lot of concerns just four hours ago that there was a fire at the fukushima plant. a worker apparently was going by and saw smoke coming out of that. it looks like it's contained, but a lot of concern. we do have video of an area that has had quite a bit of problems and one thing we're hearing is that there's going to be a cold blast that will come over the country today, possibly bringing snow to that area. you can just imagine how much more difficult that will make relief efforts and not only for the earthquake evacwees, but now you mention coming from the fukushima radiation danger zone. one thing i have to point out, there are workers
. traffic is moving well. let's go back to the desk. >>> thank you, sal. today in japan there is an increasingly desperate effort to prepresent a meltdown at a power plant. helicopters have been sent in to dump water on the plant's nuclear reactors trying to cool them down. up to 70% of the fuel rods may have been damaged. special testing centers have been set up near the plant to test the people for radiation exposure. >>> low levels of radiation have been detected as far south as tokyo. >> reporter: good morning, pam. this crisis the nuclear crisis in january pan intensified -- in japan intensified again with another reactor having a leak coming from it. work has returned to the damage after being evacuated when radiation levels fluctuated. just a number of set backs. another fire was discovered wednesday morning at the number four reactor building. government officials are also concerned about a possible breech in the containment vessel for reactor number three. they are worried it could be releasing radio active steam. >> around 8:30:00 a.m. today at the nuclear powe
's go back to dave and pam. >>> all right. thank you, sal. in japan helicopters are still dumping sea water on the earthquake damaged nuclear plant trying to prevent a meltdown. the helicopter crews can only work about 40 minutes at a time for their own safety to limit radiation exposure. now the head of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission says there's no more water in one of the spent fuel pools at the plant. increasing the chance of widespread nuclear fallout. however, japanese officials deny that that pool is dry. the u.s. government is now chartering airplanes to help evacuate u.s. citizens from japan because of the rising radiation levels. voluntary evacuation to family members of government employees. >>> time now 5:01. scientists here on the west coast are closely watching the movement of the radioactive plume coming from the crippled japanese nuclear reactors. it's expected to hit the illusion islands south of alaska some time today. that plume is then expected to reach southern california late tomorrow. the health experts are emphasizing radiation levels are plunging as th
to seal themselves inside as japan's leaders continue to ask everyone to remain calm. >> we have live team coverage tonight from the bay area to japan. we'll look at the radiation fears, but let's begin with george who joins us from tokyo via skype. like millions of japanese residents, you, too, are waking up to a brand new day filled with brand new hurdles. take us inside here and tell us what the pulse of that city is now. >> you said it. it is a brand new day here. i think this day started last night. we got a good feeling for what's going on here in tokyo as we've seen many who live here as well as tourists trying to leave the city and though they're hearing the levels of radiation, they're not taking chances and are fleeing tokyo while they can, including one man from san francisco who we met at the train station. >> with the threat of radiation increasing in tokyo, many who live here have already made up their minds on what they're going to do. get out now. count this tokyo native in that crowd. >> i never expeerntsed such a thing, so i don't know what to do. i just don't k
in the u.s. >>> and more than 10,000 people are feared dead from the earthquake and tsunami in japan. more than 1800 are confirmed dead. more than 1400 are still missing. large areas of the countryside are still surrounded by water and mud. >>> one local effect the damaged santa cruz harbor that will stay closed until next weekend. 18 boats sank and 100 others were damaged when the waves came in after the 8.9 quake in japan. so far two sunken vessels have been recovered and this morning crews are evaluating the damaged and prioritizing boat recovery efforts based on the risk of pollution. the coast guard is enforcing a safety zone meaning boats cannot travel through it. but owners do have access now to their vessels. >>> it is 5:04. let's check weather and traffic. first julie watts. >> good morning. scattered showers out the door this morning. fog along the coast. so be mindful of that and across some bridges. very light scattered showers lingering throughout the morning hours. a closer look. light rainfall from the west to the east. as we move to the second half of the day we'll start t
attention to the development now in japan. so many stories happening in japan and the bay area. the battle continues. >> there is a measure of success to tell you about where engineers have laid down the portion of a power line to that damaged reactor at the fukushima power plant. that line could help restore the cooling system which all of them were damaged in last week's earthquake and the tsunami. so far it is only a prekacautio. federal officials say it will not reach harmful levels right here. airports are screening passengers. full radiation so far and no levels have been detected. american 747 used to fight fires will be part of the effort to contain the radiation in japan. unclear, though, at this point how it will be involved. it will not be part of water drops directly into the are reactors. robert is in tokyo tonight with more on the latest. >> reporter: dramatic pictures on japanese television showed military helicopters dropping water on one of the reactors. the water often missing its mark. the company that owns the plant said the drastic move which exposed the pilots to radi
a live update from charlie d'agata in japan in a couple of minutes. >>> you might be surprised where the biggest threat from a tsunami is here in the bay area. christin ayers is in oakland, where a big wave could mean some very big problems. >>> reporter: good morning. scientists tell the "contra costa times" that the biggest tsunami threat could come if there was a massive earthquake 9.0 or larger in southern alaska sending a huge wave that could flood the port of oakland in four or five hours. if we look at the maps that scientists have developed here, it shows you just why oakland and alameda are most susceptible to that kind of flooding. they are geographically situated at the end of the golden gate strait and could bear the brunt of a big wave like that. they say up to 165 structures in that area would be threatened. now, of course, we saw some of the devastating effects that a relatively minor tsunami had on santa cruz harbor. experts tell the "contra costa times" that area would actually be spared and really any other areas south of santa clara county, they would likely miss a
their efforts to try to cool nuclear reactors. >> ominous developments from japan tonight. within the past few hours, officials suspended efforts after a spike made it too dangerous for workers. they had to withdraw because of radiation. government officials say 70% of the fuel rods may have been damaged. they also said another fire broke out today at one of the reactors and radiation levels were high enough to cause severe radiation sickness. 3300 are confirmed dead. up to 450,000 are in temporary shelters. in the villages and towns where the tsunami hit, rescue workers are still looking for survivers. for miles and miles, there is debris and little is identifiable. fuel and water are in short supply. many are waiting in long lines to buy whatever they can. this line stretched for a half mile. it's the japanese way to remain calm, patient, and polite. >> jana is live in tokyo, and joins us via skype. what are you hearing in tokyo. >> reporter: it certainly is unsettling. in the past hour, it was 12:52. we had another aftershock. the hotel started swaying back and forth. i know understand, it
continues for the shooter. things keep getting worse for people in japan after that massive earthquake in this tsunami, at the big danger now is radiation. a big day for california teachers to learn if they lose their jobs, we will tell you how those cuts will affect schools and the bay. >> louisa: here is a look at your 7 day around the bay. every day this week we have a chance of showers, i will let you know when you're expecting the most rain. >> erica: tuesday morning commute, no problems to report, complete check and your bridges coming up. >> james: developing story at this are five people had been injured in a shooting in san francisco. it happened after 11:00 p.m. on 16th and caledonia. one victim suffered life- threatening injuries, four victims on life- threatening, all five transported to hospital. the shooting could be gang- related but no suspects or motive has not been identified. keebler ceiling themselves indoors to protect themselves in dangerous levels of radiation. there have been three reactors portion near where they live. a japanese nuclear safety officials as the
to try to cool nuclear reactors. >> ominous developments from japan tonight. within the past few hours, officials suspended efforts after a spike made it too dangerous for workers. they had to withdraw because of radiation. government officials say 70% of the fuel rods may have been damaged. they also said another fire broke out today at one of the reactors and radiation levels were high enough to cause severe radiation sickness. 3300 are confirmed dead. up to 450,000 are in temporary shelters. in the villages and towns where the tsunami hit, rescue workers are still looking for survivers. for miles and miles, there is debris and little is identifiable. fuel and water are in short supply. many are waiting in long lines to buy whatever they can. this line stretched for a half mile. it's the japanese way to remain calm, patient, and polite. >> jana is live in tokyo, and joins us via skype. what are you hearing in tokyo. >> reporter: it certainly is unsettling. in the past hour, it was 12:52. we had another aftershock. the hotel started swaying back and forth. i know understand, it was ab
, japan's prime minister is calling it the worst crisis since world war two as rescue workers search for survivors from the earthquake and tsunami that hit japan. officials what red cross to the magnitude of the damage is not known, 2000 people >> reporter: justice said japan and other very dark, cold night. there follows what was an extremely difficult day for survivors, rescuers and the country as a whole. but days after the largest earthquake on record life is anything but normal. some headed back to work but were left stranded due to pirated, and downed trees. news from the disaster continues to be grim. reports of 2000 bodies discovered off the coast. >> 65 years after the end of war were to this is the tempest, most difficult crisis for japan. >> reporter: the destruction is a one- dimensional. insensate 80 mi. from the epicenter loads of homes of latin, reduce stress. lives, strewn about. on the ground, from the air surest and rescue teams look for survivors they find few miracles. washed away by the tsunami this woman house of to retreat, a floor mat for hours until hall ar
from japan ever did come across >>> you're watching cbs 5 eyewitness news in high definition. >>> if radiation from japan ever did blow across the ocean, we'd know about it. a look at the sophisticated detection system in the bay area. >> and a new look at the healing power of music. >> i play the drums for her and she said me name. i said my god, this is amazing. >> what music can do for alzheimer's and stroke patients that pill cannot. >> good everyoning, i'm ken. >> and i'm dana king. bay area pharmacies are inundated with a request for pill to fight radiation poisoning. we learned that new radiation monitoring may be installed here. we'll have more on that in a moment. >>> we start in japan, the real possibility of a nuclear meltdown. japanese are taking safety into their own hands. they are getting mixed messages from their own government. >> another crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. a second fire. it lasted only a half hour, but signified japan's unpredictable nuclear troubles. plant workers had to step back after a spike in radiation levels. officials are co
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